I know I just wrote a post on how we’re only a month into the season, but after five starts I’m ready to predict the 2010 Cy Young awards. My predictions for the National League and American League Cy Young awards are Roy Halladay and Francisco Liriano, respectively.

Halladay has been special for the Phillies, flying out to a 5-1 record and 1.47 ERA. I know Ubaldo Jimenez has better numbers so far that includes a no-hitter, but I don’t think he’ll manage to keep his ERA under 1.00 all year. Halladay is better because not only has he won five of his six starts, but he tossed three complete games—two of those being shutouts. If Halladay avoids an injury and is able to make 32-34 starts, he’ll easily have 20+ wins and a chance for 15 CG, which is unheard of these days. Not only is he tearing up the National League hitting like everyone expected, but the Phillies offense behind him has been huge for him.

Liriano, on the other hand, looks like he is completely healthy once again after a terrible year last season. One season after going 5-13 with a 5.80 ERA, Liriano has been downright filthy to start 2010. He’s 4-0, 1.50 ERA and 8.4 K/9 through five starts this year. Liriano appears to have found his 2006 form, where he was basically unhittable that year going 12-3, 2.16 ERA and 144 strikeouts in 121 innings. Plus, the American League Cy Young race should be wide open considering Zack Greinke can’t seem to find a win thanks to the Royals offense. Though speaking of unhittable, Justin Verlander was absolutely dominate today against the Angels. With some consistency, he’ll work his way into the top pitcher talk in the AL along with pretty much the entire Rays pitching rotation.

I know it’s only early May, but enjoy my early predictions for Cy Young.

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